Frahran, in the Colony of Victoria, County of Bourke, Australia, not far from Melbourne, is where Herbert Lawrence Malcolm was born in 1884. He was the fourth child of Martha Ana Crawford of Beechworth, Victoria, and trader Richard Lawrence Malcolm of Oswego, New York.
Herbert migrated to the country to pursue his education, and in 1907, he earned his degree from Yale University. After receiving his degree, he worked as a teacher at the Lake Placid, New York, School for Boys, which held its winter term in South Florida and its spring and fall terms in the Adirondacks.
From 1909 until 1914, he continued to teach at Choate. He married Helen Parsons of New Haven, Connecticut, while still a student at Choate. Then he spent some time pursuing medical studies but was obliged to give up his goal due to family duties.
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He returned to the Lake Placid School in 1914, serving as assistant headmaster and athletic director until 1925. Melvin Dewey, the creator of the Dewey Decimal System and the Lake Placid Club, then took over the school.
Later, Northwood School became the official name of the institution. Classes for the winter term were offered in Coconut Grove until 1922 and then in Pompano [Hillsboro Beach] until 1925. “Strength through Health and Knowledge” was the school’s motto.
The Florida winter term was amazing. Life was simple. The Hillsboro Inlet, which could only be reached by small boat, had no bridge. Malcolm relocated the school and purchased land at the Hillsboro Inlet. The land was a portion of a tract that the state had sold to a private investor in 1895 for 75 cents per acre. Malcolm paid $20 per foot for an additional 200 feet in 1922.
Students and staff alike placed a high value on sailing. During the winter term had the opportunity to sail on the school’s boat, Orion. The students were regarded as males because they were capable of toting both a football and a teacup. Many of the names of Wood, Beatty, Ehret, Howell, Guest, and Rockefeller were from American society.
Malcolm was an outstanding mountain climber, traveler, and athlete who conquered some of the most well-known peaks in the world. He climbed Mexico’s 17,800-foot Popocatepetl at age 66 and Switzerland’s Matterhorn at age 69. On the track at Pompano High School, he ran the 220-yard sprint in 29 seconds at the age of 73.
He established the Hillsboro Club there in 1925, in a place already renowned as a fishing haven. Malcolm persisted and constructed additions in addition to acquiring the lighthouse cottage from the U.S. Coast Guard. On October 23, 1925, the club held its formal opening in a town that was still essentially uninhabited. The phone number for the club was Hillsboro Two.
In 1940, Herbert’s first wife passed away. He met Patricia Edwards, his second wife, while out trekking, and she spent many years as his secretary. Herbert Lawrence Jr. and Mary were their two children and had four grandchildren. Later, Herbert Senior purchased the Waumbeck Golf Club near Jefferson, New Hampshire, and renovated it. He also developed the Pink Sands Resort in the Bahamas.
Herbert Lawrence Malcolm founded a club that is still in use as a posh resort over 95 years ago after starting a school first. He established these organizations and oversaw them for 34 years. Additionally, he founded and served as president of the Pompano Beach Rotary Club and was one of the three initial commissioners, vice-mayor, and mayor of Hillsboro Beach. He played a major role in the growth of Hillsboro Beach.
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